US, Thailand Continues to Expand Partnership with 24th CARAT Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy began the 24th iteration of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Pattaya, Thailand, June 14. The multi-nation exercise series is organized in bilateral phases with regional nations and is designed to enhance capabilities in a broad spectrum of naval operations. The exercise series features cooperative evolutions that highlight the ability of partner nations to work together towards the common goal of ensuring a free, open, and stable Indo-Pacific maritime security environment. “Twenty-four years of engagement through…

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Former Defense Contractor Sentenced for Unlawfully Retaining Classified Information

Weldon Marshall, 43, of Sherman, Texas, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release, for unlawfully retaining national defense information. Marshall pleaded guilty on March 5. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas made the announcement, after sentencing by U.S. District Judge George Hanks. In handing down the sentence, the court noted how Marshall violated an important trust the military had placed in him. From the early…

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USNS Millinocket arrives in Manila with embarked 7th Fleet Staff

USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff Sailors and Marines arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines June 11. Manila is the final port of the U.S. 7th Fleet theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol. More than 40 servicemembers including the U.S. 7th Fleet band and Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) Marines will participate in community relations projects and band engagements while here, as well as experience the local culture and interact with the city’s citizens. Many of the Philippine-born staff also look forward to reconnecting with…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 11, 2018

Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded a $36,451,516 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2115) to exercise options to procure onboard repair parts for Virginia Class Submarines Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New Jersey (SSN 796) and PCU Iowa (SSN 797).  This option is for Block IV mechanical and electronic repair parts that will be stored on the ship while at sea.  Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by February 2021 for PCU New Jersey and August 2021 for PCU Iowa.  Fiscal…

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Past Performance Provides Valuable Lessons for Future Investments

e Navy set a goal in 2007 for a fleet of 330 ships. Since then, the Navy has: fallen 50 ships short, gone $11 billion over budget, experienced many years of schedule delays, delivered ships with less capability and lower quality than expected. These poor outcomes persist because policy and processes enable the Navy to deviate from shipbuilding best practices. The Navy is planning its biggest fleet size increase in over 30 years. This creates an opportunity for the Navy to improve how it buys ships, adopt a more disciplined…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 6, 2018

American Electronics Inc.,* California, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0035); American Technology Solutions International Corp.,* Fredericksburg, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0049); Aviation Systems Engineering Co.,* Lexington Park, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0037); Credence Management Solutions LLC,* Vienna, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0051); Cydecor Inc.,* Arlington, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0039); Davis Defense Group Inc.,* Stafford, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0038); Eagle Systems Inc.,* California, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0034); FEDITC,* Rockville, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0053); Ironclad Technology Services LLC,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0047); NikSoft Systems Corp.,* Reston, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0040); Precise Systems, Inc.*, Lexington Park, Maryland(N00421-18-D-0044); Qi Tech LLC,* McLean, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0052); RBC Inc.,* Alexandria, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0033); Research and Engineering Development LLC,* California, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0041);…

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces begin Exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, June 7 through 16 off the coast of Guam. Malabar began in 1992 and this year marks the 22nd edition of the exercise. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training. While ashore in Guam, training will include subject matter expert and professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, medical operations, damage control, helicopter operations and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS)…

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BAE Systems to Provide Additional Payload Tubes for New Virginia-class Subs

BAE Systems has received a contract to produce payload tubes for two of the U.S. Navy’s new Virginia-class submarines to support increased firepower on the Block V version of the attack subs. Under the contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat, a builder of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will deliver two sets, each consisting of four tubes, for the Virginia Payload Modules on the SSN 804 and SSN 805. “With the VPM, the Navy is adding significant capability to the Virginia-class by increasing the firepower of these subs and tripling…

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces to participate in Exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in Exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam, and the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. Training…

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US Navy Orders Naval Strike Missile

The U.S. Navy has selected the Naval Strike Missile, offered by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Kongsberg Gruppen, to meet its over-the-horizon requirement for littoral combat ships and future frigates. The Naval Strike Missile will immediately advance the U.S. Navy’s vision of distributed lethality, ensuring sea control and freedom of the seas. Raytheon will manufacture and deliver over-the-horizon weapon systems under a $14.8 million contract for offensive missiles loaded into launching mechanisms, and a single fire control suite. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value…

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MSC to Celebrate National Maritime Day May 22

On May 22 we will join with communities around the nation to celebrate National Maritime Day, a day for celebration as well as a day of remembrance. The United States has always been, and will remain a maritime nation. For this reason, merchant mariners, the shipbuilding and repair industry, and maritime companies have been crucial to American economic prosperity since the founding of our nation. In 1933, Congress declared National Maritime Day to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing…

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US Navy Orders Additional Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds

Lockheed Martin received a $23.1 million contract award from the U.S. Navy for follow-on production of Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) to support the service’s Paveway™ II Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) weapons training. The award exercises the initial option of the contract negotiated in 2017 and extends ELGTR production into late 2020. “ELGTR is the only proven low-cost, guided trainer for Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs around the world,” said Jason Golden, ELGTR program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “With more than 167,000 LGTR/ELGTRs delivered since…

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U.S. Naval Research Lab Selects Alta Devices to Add Solar Power to Its Breakthrough Hybrid Tiger UAV Project

Alta Devices announced May 14th that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will use Alta Devices highly efficient, flexible, and light-weight solar technology to help power the breakthrough Hybrid Tiger UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The Hybrid Tiger is a project designed to create a Group-2 UAV that will stay aloft for at least 3.5 days. Technologies developed for the project will be applicable to other unmanned vehicles. U.S. NAVAL RESEARCH LAB SELECTS ALTA DEVICES TO ADD SOLAR POWER TO ITS BREAKTHROUGH HYBRID TIGER UAV PROJECT The Hybrid Tiger program integrates multiple technologies into…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete integrated training

Sailors of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed ARG/MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX) off the coast of Southern California, May 10. ARGMEUEX is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)-led exercise that provides critical training and feedback prior to the deployment certifying event, composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). “It was incredible to see the Essex ARG and 13th MEU grow as a team over the course of ARGMUEX,” said Commander, CSG 15, Rear…

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